Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Assalamu A’laikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Baraqatuh. History teaches us a lot. Indeed, it is rewarding for our conscious and consequently for our life in this earth and hereafter if we learn about the ‘Ruthless leaders’, ‘their atrocities/brutalities’ and ‘death’. I have put a list below about some notorious ruthless brutal leaders in history for you to learn about them and their consequence. Please note that this list is neither exclusive nor arranged according to hierarchy of brutality. Leaders like Firaun, Nimrud, Abu Jahl, Abu Lahb, Musailamah Kazzab, Abdullah Ibn Ubai are surely ferocious and their death too is exemplary for us.
Bou Azizi burned himself due to oppression of the rulers of Tunisia
Please read below and compare the present day leaders with them and think about the consequence:
10. Attila the Hun
Identity: The ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in 453.
Attila the Hun
He invaded Western Europe and did not hesitate to execute anyone who came in his way. His most famous method of torture was tearing the victims apart by their limbs.
Death: Killed by wife.
9. Emperor Hirohito of Japan
Identity: He was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order, reigning from December 25, 1926, until his death in 1989.
When Japanese involvement in World War II is mentioned, the first thing that comes to our mind is the ‘Rape of Nanking’ a name given to a six week massacre of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops. This six week carnage claimed around 300,000 lives. 20,000 women from age 8 to 70 were raped before being put to death. Pregnant women weren’t even spared.
Death: Duodenal Cancer and continuous internal bleeding.
8. Saddam Hussein
Identity: The fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003.
Also known as the modern day Hitler, Saddam was infamous for using chemical weapons in war against Iran, invading Kuwait in the Gulf War and destroying all its oil fields and of course for torturing and killing people on his human shredder.
Death: He was executed by hanging on the day of Eid-ul-Adha, on 30th Dec 2006.
7. Genghis Khan
Identity: The founder and Great Khan (emperor) of the Mongol Empire
Genghis Khan, leader of the Mongol Empire, was infamous for his ruthless massacres of the defeated populations and he found much pleasure in other’s despair. The following quote which has been ascribed to him is enough to give us an idea of what a terror he must have been:
“Happiness lies in conquering one’s enemies, in driving them in front of oneself, in taking their property, in savoring their despair, in outraging their wives and daughters”.
Death: Supposedly killed by a princess.
6. Idi Amin Dada
Identity: The military dictator and third President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979
Idi amin dada
His solution to erase tribalism in Uganda was simple, murder the tribes. Over the years, Ugandans would disappear in the thousands, their mutilated bodies washing up on the shores of Lake Victoria. Besides being a murderer, he was also a cannibal, something which he was actually proud of. His dictatorship, which lasted till 1979, claimed 100,000 to 300,000 lives for which he never showed any remorse.
Death: Kidney failure.
5. Pol Pot
Identity: A Cambodian Maoist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until his death in 1998. From 1963 to 1981.
former leader of political party ‘Khmer Rouge’ ruled Cambodia as Prime minister from 1976-1979 and in these 3 years his government claimed up to 3 million deaths! Being a communist himself, he wanted a communist future for Cambodia, therefore Buddhist monks, Western-educated intellectuals, educated people in general, people who had contact with Western countries, people who appeared to be intelligent (for example, individuals with glasses), the crippled and lame, and ethnic minorities became victims of his terror. He had special killing fields set up for mass execution of these people. Many also died due to forced labor, starvation and disease.
Death: Allegedly committed suicide.
4. Ivan IV of Russia
Identity: The first ruler of Russia to assume the title of Tsar in 1547.
During his rule he built a wall around the city of Novgorod making its inhabitants prisoners in their own city. He did that because he thought that the chiefs of Novgorod were going to attack Poland. But his viciousness did not stop here, everyday between 500 to 1000 people were gathered from the city and were tortured and killed infront of him and his son. He was also responsible for the miscarriage of his daughter-in-law, whom he physically abused for dressing up immodestly, and the death of his son, whom he accidentally struck with a pointed staff during the argument that preceded after his daughter-in-law’s miscarriage.
3. Vlad Tepes
Identity: Prince of Wallachia, Romania (1431–1476) and three-time Ruler of Wallachia, Romania, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462.
The famous vampire character ‘Dracula’ was inspired by this evil prince of Wallachia, Romania who found immense pleasure in torturing people. Even though he used all forms of torture like burning, boiling, cutting off the limbs, mutilating sexual organs, driving nails in head and skinning etc, his most popular method or you could say his favorite one was impalement which is why he is also known as ‘Vlad the Impaler’.
2. Adolf Hitler
Identity: He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945
Leader of the Nazis, this German dictator was responsible for the Holocaust during the Second World War in which over 14 million people, including 6 million Jews were put to death through mass gassing, starvation and exhaustion and disease resulting from slave labor. Death squads were also formed to shoot Jews in masses. Besides the Jews, homosexuals, gypsies and hippies were also targeted during the Holocaust.
Death: Committed suicide by shooting himself while simultaneously biting into a cyanide capsule.
1. Josef Stalin
Identity: The Premier of the Soviet Union from 6 May 1941 to 5 March 1953 and also ‘General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee’ from 1922 until his death in 1953.
Believe it or not. Josef Stalin was actually worse than Hitler, whom until now we thought was the worst leader in history. Stalin was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1922 until his death in 1953, during which Ukraine suffered from a widespread famine. This famine which was caused by political and administrative decision rather than by some economic crisis is considered to be an act of genocide on the part of the government. Moreover, he ordered the execution of anyone who was considered as the enemy of the state. Around 10 to 60 million people lost their lives during his rule.
Death: Either assassinated or had stroke.
Ferocity of ancient egyptian rulers
Now, dear brothers and sisters, let’s study further and take lesson. The present day oppressive leaders and those who support them should know that punishment awaits for them in this earth and hereafter if they do not repent soon.
ALLAAH (SWT) has said in the Glorious Qur’aan:
“We will reserve the houses of the hereafter exclusively for those who do not seek self-glory in this life and do not cause oppression and corruption to spread. The final outcome belongs to those who fear (ALLAAH)” (Surah: Al-Qasas. Verse: 83).
Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A):
ALLAAH’s Apostle Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Whoever has oppressed another person concerning his reputation or anything else, he should beg him to forgive him before the Day of Resurrection when there will be no money (to compensate for wrong deeds), but if he has good deeds, those good deeds will be taken from him according to his oppression which he has done, and if he has no good deeds, the sins of the oppressed person will be loaded on him.” Volume 3, Book 43, Number 629: Sahih Bukhari.
ALLAAH (SWT) is saying in the Glorious Qur’aan:
“Has the story reached you of the hosts, Of Fir’aun (Pharaoh) and Thamûd? Nay! The disbelievers (persisted) in denying (Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and his Message of Islâmic Monotheism). And Allâh encompasses them from behind! (i.e. all their deeds are within His Knowledge, and He will requite them for their deed” (Surah:Al- Burooj. Verse: 17-20).
Scholar protesting the oppression of leaders